Protesters face off during defence of 'free speech' gathering

A small group of around 30 people gathered in Aotea Square on Saturday afternoon to "stand for freedom of speech".

Small group of 'free speech' defenders gather in Aotea Square.
Small group of 'free speech' defenders gather in Aotea Square. Photo credit: Newshub.

It was a reaction to the hundreds that gathered on Friday night to protest alt-right speakers Lauren Southern and Stephen Molyneux.

Around 100 members of group Love Aotearoa, Hate Racism were also there, to counter the counter-protest.

Both groups were blasting music and carrying flags relating to their causes.

It was rumoured Ms Southern and Mr Molyneux were going to be speak at Aotea Square on Saturday afternoon, but they have not yet shown up.

Newshub.